Hello, Kitty: Miley’s Cat-tastic Performance Wins the AMAs
When it comes to the American Music Awards, let's face it: It's all about the performances. And this year's AMAs were no exception. But will anyone be talking about the 14 performances at this Sunday's AMAs that weren't Miley Cyrus dueting with a giant, creepy robot-cat? Let's rank all of the performances and find out...
1. Miley Cyrus
The only duet that got more attention at this year's AMAs than Lady Gaga and R. Kelly (more on them in a bit) was Miley, in a kitty-printed two-piece, doing "Wrecking Ball"…with a lip-synching, weeping, animatronic space-cat. If there's anything bigger on the Internets than Miley Cyrus, it's cats — so, basically, the Web exploded during this performance. And the cat literally got Miley's tongue at the very end. Classic.
2. Lady Gaga & R. Kelly
If there were ever a strong case to be made for R. Kelly shooting about 50 more chapters of "Trapped in the Closet" starring Gaga, it would be their wonderfully wackadoodle performance at the 2013 AMAs. Their recently "SNL" performance of ARTPOP's best track, "Do What U Want," was just a basic disco twerkout, but their AMAs duet had a whole (seemingly JFK/Marilyn, Clinton/Lewinsky-inspired) plot about President Kelly and his torrid affair with a leotarded secretary. It was all very awesome, further proof that Gaga can do whatever she wants.
3. Ariana Grande
How refreshing! An AMAs performer who didn't have to rely on a backing track, yards of exposed skin, or any gimmicky staging to make an impression. This mega-talented Favorite New Artist-winner simply sang — and kept it classy — and she managed to upstage all of the night's pop tarts in the process.
4. Justin Timberlake
Yep, this is true talent looks like, people. Those impressionable One Direction boys should check out this tour de force by the ex-boy band heartthrob, and dream that they can have a career like JT's in 10 years.
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The energy in the room elevated so high the ceiling couldn't hold it, when these AMAs favorites hit the stage for "Can't Hold Us." Macklemore can always be counted on for a rousing performance, and he definitely didn't disappoint Sunday.
6. A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
How interesting (and awesome) that many of the standout performances of the night just came down to great singing and songwriting. Less certainly proved to be more when Lady Xtina joined buzz band A Great Big World for a tastefully understated piano duet.
7. Jennifer Lopez
Remember when J.Lo fell flat on her ample posterior, literally, when performing "Louboutins" at the 2009 AMAs? Well, she didn't stumble, literally or figuratively, this year. Performing a special tribute to late salsa star Celia Cruz, J.Lo wasn't quite at Celia's level, but she did sing live and dance up a storm, and her performance was one the most colorful and exciting of the night. And that metallic bodysuit? ¡Muy caliente!
8. One Direction
Wow, was this a surprise unbilled performance by Mumford & Sons? Nope. It was the all-grown-up, cleaned-up-nice, above-mentioned One Direction, warbling their mature, very mom-friendly new single, "Story Of My Life." Looks like this boy band is well on its way to becoming man band. Hey, maybe Harry Styles can become the next Justin Timberlake, after all.